Quote of the Day

Bart Sells His Soul9

“But every religion says there’s a soul, Bart.  Why would they lie?  What would they have to gain?” – Milhouse van Houten
“I don’t hear scrubbing.” – Reverend Lovejoy

8 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. 11 August 2013 at 10:51 am

    One of my favourite digs at religion the show has ever done!

    Unrelated: I was recently re-watching Grampa Vs. Sexual Inadequacy and I noticed JFK’s line in Homer’s childhood flashback “If I, uh, may Helen, I’d like to respond to that question with yet another flip remark” must have been referring to the recently deceased Helen Thomas. Missed opportunity for a QotD!

  2. 5 Monty Python Forever
    11 August 2013 at 2:17 pm

    What really makes this episode is that even though it acknowledges the fact that the afterlife does not exist, it still manages to produce an interesting discussion of the metaphorical and metaphysical metaphors behind the idea of a soul. Lisa’s final line, suggesting that Bart earned the right to humanity rather than being inherently sentient, is poignant and thoughtful. It raises the question of whether things like evil, good, morality and self-awareness are inherent or learned, and respects the audience enough not to answer it.

    • 6 Al Gore Doll
      12 August 2013 at 11:09 am

      This episode could also present the idea that the soul is what you gain when you suffer tribulations, thus becoming more aware and empathetic in the process.

  3. 12 August 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Don’t forget religion does help poor people like Catholic Charities, though some pastors are only in it for the money mainly, as demonstrated here.

  4. 8 AManFromDeclan
    13 August 2013 at 5:01 am

    I don’t know who to be angry at. Milhouse for snitching or Lovejoy for forcing them to clean some organ piano.

    Times like this make me feel glad that I don’t go to church.

    Yeah, that’s right. I said it.

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